LIFF 2014 Opening Night Film

Sixth Annual Festival to Open With ‘This Time Next Year’ – Unique Hurricane Sandy Documentary

The Lighthouse International Film Festival (LIFF) has announced the Opening Night Film for its sixth annual event, which will take place June 5-8, 2014 on Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  The Festival will open with This Time Next Year, directed by Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman, a gripping documentary featuring the tales of the Long Beach Island residents in their struggles during and after Hurricane Sandy touched down on LBI.

Inspired by the historic Barnegat Lighthouse, which has beckoned travelers to LBI since 1859, LIFF has emerged as New Jersey’s leading international film festival. The Festival will feature award-winning films from countries around the world, as well as nightly parties and panel discussions.


“We are thrilled to be bringing This Time Next Year back to the strong, warm community that has come to feel like home to us over the past year of filming. We love LBI, we love the people who live and visit here and we hope that the film does their spirit justice,” say co-directors Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman.


“Jeff and Farihah have created a film that speaks directly to the personality of the Island – the resiliency, kindness and generosity of spirit of the people who call LBI home – and we are thrilled to kick off this year’s Festival with their film,” says Eric Johnson, Executive Director of LIFF.  “The recovery process is still ongoing and the day-to-day lives of LBI’s residents are still affected and will be for years to come. Jeff and Farihah are alumni of LIFF and fully understand what the residents of LBI endure in the recovery process. To have them present the film here on the island on Opening Night, directly to the people who lived and continue to live these stories, is an excellent way to continue the discourse that LBI has had for the last eighteen months. It’s also a thrill to present a truly independent local film that is receiving national attention, a perfect way to begin our sixth year of championing independent filmmaking and filmmakers.”


This Time Next Year will open LIFF on June 5th, at the historic Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island, NJ


The full LIFF schedule for the 2014 Festival will be announced in May. Visit









Opening Night Film


This Time Next Year

Directors:  Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman USA


In 2012, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast. This Time Next Year is one NJ community’s story of what it takes to rebuild. LIFF alumni Jeff Reichert (Gerrymandering, Remote Area Medical) and co-director/producer Farihah Zaman (Remote Area Medical) follow the residents of Long Beach Island, New Jersey, during the first full year after the storm.


*Filmmakers to attend screening


The Lighthouse International Film Festival was founded in 2008 by a collection of filmmakers, film critics and film industry professionals who share a passion for film and wanted to create an event aimed first and foremost at film enthusiasts.   Taking place on Long Beach Island, NJ — one of the East Coast’s most popular surfing destinations — the festival celebrates three days of new, exciting and challenging films in honor of Long Beach Island’s historic Barnegat Lighthouse


Our Mission and Objective

The Lighthouse International Film Festival is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to showcasing new and innovative films and fostering the next generation of filmmakers. The Festival offers three days of films, panels, Q&A’s, networking, parties and surfing, and draws some of the industry’s top film critics, producers and distributors. The Festival also seeks to serve the community by presenting unique programs that inspire, engage and challenge a diverse audience through the art of film.